So, my bees have taken a long time to cap honey this year and I wondered if it’s because of the ridiculous amount of rain and humidity we’ve had in SE QLD this summer. The smell of honey is strong but only about half of each frame had been capped when I last inspected a couple of weeks ago. I recalled reading that sometimes you can encourage them to cap by putting another super on top - don’t know if that is because they need more room to store nectar before finishing off the cells below or because they want to get up and fill the new box. Anyway I bought an ideal super because I’ve wanted to have some honeycomb too and I’ll be keen to see if this works.
My question for other locals is what to look for in the way of flowering trees over the next few months. I notice that the Golden Penda is at least four to five weeks earlier this year than last. Jeff @JeffH commented on a post recently that he was preparing for the June flow and I wonder what plant that is? And if it, too, will be earlier this year. I think I need to start a photographic diary of what’s flowering when… Or if someone knows of a book or publication could you point me in the right direction please.